Mississauga, Brampton businesses will use app called Verify Ontario to check vaccinations


Published October 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm

The name of the government app that Ontario businesses will use to scan your proof of vaccination has been hiding in plain sight.

It will be called the Verify Ontario app. The site covid-19.ontario.ca/verify is online.

By Oct. 22, residents will receive a QR code that they can show to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Verify Ontario gives businesses and organizations a quicker, easier and trusted way to scan and confirm that visitors are fully vaccinated,” the site reads.

Ontario began requiring residents aged 12 and older to show their vaccine receipt and a piece of government-issued photo ID starting Sept. 22 in order to access the indoor areas of restaurants and bars, nightclubs, meeting and event spaces, gyms and theatres. On or around Oct. 22, residents will receive a QR code that will serve as proof of vaccination. It will not be required to access services, including retail stores and hair salons.

It will still be possible to present a paper or PDF copy.

Other provinces have beaten the Progressive Conservative government to the punch with launching an app-based system, which is far less susceptible to forgery. Premier Doug Ford and his party waited until well into September to make the decision, even though proof-of-vaccination requirements have received strong support in public opinion polls.

Manitoba launched its vaccine card — both digital and physical — in June.

Quebec launched its vaccine passport on Sept. 1. The proof of vaccination can be uploaded to the VaxiCode smartphone application, or it can be presented as a PDF or in paper form.

Nova Scotia is also planning to create an app, and both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have plans to send residents QR codes in the not-too-distant future.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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